To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.

Director:

Leonard Nimoy

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (based on "Star Trek" created by), Leonard Nimoy (story) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Spock
DeForest Kelley ... McCoy
James Doohan ... Scotty
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
Jane Wyatt ... Amanda
Catherine Hicks ... Gillian
Mark Lenard ... Sarek
Robin Curtis ... Lt. Saavik
Robert Ellenstein ... Federation Council President
John Schuck ... Klingon Ambassador
Brock Peters ... Admiral Cartwright
Michael Snyder Michael Snyder ... Starfleet Communications Officer
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Storyline

The most acclaimed Star Trek adventure of all time with an important message. It is the 23rd century, and a mysterious alien probe is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. In their frantic attempt to save mankind, Admiral Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world of punk, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien to them as anything they have ever encountered in the far-off reaches of the galaxy. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy return as Kirk and Spock, along with the entire Star Trek crew. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

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The key to saving the future, can be found only in the past. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is the only Star Trek feature film where no one dies (including all films between Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek Beyond (2016)). Any killing referenced in this film - such as the whales' extinction, deaths of the Klingons from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), the punk rocker's song "I Hate You", and Dr. McCoy's "Spanish Inquisition" comment - occur outside the film's timeline. See more »

Goofs

The probe left the Saratoga and the Yorktown powerless and adrift in space. They remained powerless for at least 3 hours. When the probe left the vicinity of Earth later in the movie, all power sources on Earth spacedock and the planet itself came back to life immediately. See more »

Quotes

McCoy: You, ah, realize of course that if we give him the formula we're altering the future.
Scotty: Why? How do we know he didn't invent the thing?
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The ending credits play on top of photos and clips from the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally released in 1986, which was the 75th Anniversary of Paramount Studios. Accordingly, the opening logo for the film originally had the 75th Anniversary sign on it, as did the original video release. All subsequent video releases (and at least some 35mm film prints) have included the regular Paramount logo. See more »


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Market Street
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Performed by Yellowjackets
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Time for some colorful metaphors...
20 October 1999 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

This one is great-I remember laughing my butt off the first time I saw it, and it still works now. Very well done, the time travel angle was better handled here then it has been in other Trek films, shows, etc.-and one thing that makes this work is that they didn't take themselves too seriously. What a romp! The crew come back to save the whales so they can save themselves in the future-and make some commentary on 1986, too.

Personally I donno if this is the best of the run-Undiscovered Country and Khan are its main competition-but I applaud them for doing this; and hope they can lighten up the newer generation too now. It is needed.

*** outta ****, good stuff.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Finnish

Release Date:

26 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Trek IV: The Adventure Continues See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,881,888, 30 November 1986

Gross USA:

$109,713,132

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,713,132
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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